MOULIN ROUGE (1952) C 123m dir: John Huston
w/Jose Ferrer, Colette Marchand, Suzanne Flon, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Katherine Kath, Claude Nollier, Muriel Smith, Georges Lannes, Walter Crisham, Mary Clare, Eric Pohlman, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Tutte Lemkow
From The Movie Guide: "Jose Ferrer made his mark with portrayals of real, or famous fictional, characters (CYRANO DE BERGERAC, the Dauphin in JOAN OF ARC); his role here can be seen as a combination of the two, since Huston's treatment of the life of artist Toulouse-Lautrec takes many liberties with the truth. Nonetheless, Ferrer does a fine job of limming the deformed (a childhood illness caused his legs to stop growing) artist, playing most of the film on his knees. MOULIN ROUGE was filmed in France and England and had a few interesting people in small roles. Look hard for horrormeisters Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, as well as young Tutte Lemkow (British choreographer/actor who was the Fiddler in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF). The first 25 minutes of the film are outstanding, with a cancan sequence setting the tone for what is to come."
MOULIN ROUGE won two Oscars: Best Art Direction (Paul Sheriff, Marcel Vertes) and Costume Design (Vertes). It was also nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Ferrer), Supporting Actress (Marchand), and Editing (Ralph Kemplen).